Bad lower back?
Lower back pain is one of the most common health problems seen in Americans, with both adults and even children—experts say it affects about 80 to 90 percent of Americans at some point—but it is also one of the easiest to avoid.
Where does lower back pain come from?
Lower back pain is most commonly due to muscle spasms, which can be set off by all kinds of things:
- Constant strain from poor posture
- A sudden bout of repetitive motion such as shoveling or vacuuming
- Chronic inflammation due to an underlying condition such as Vertebral Subluxation
- A single twisting move at just the wrong angle can set off lower back pain (LBP)
If you seem to pull the same back muscles over and over, that might indicate an underlying problem with a misaligned vertebra, commonly known as Vertebral Subluxation. “A tweak” that doesn’t improve in a few days, or happens over and over again, is a reason to head to the doctor. Before you get to that point, here’s how to keep your back relaxed and pain-free.
Fix bad posture. Bad posture is an epidemic in our society. Americans spend an exorbitant amount of time slumped in front of a computer and hunched over their smart devices. Add to this sitting with your legs crossed and sleeping in beds that are not supportive, and no wonder why so many suffer from lower back pain. Altering your computer ergonomics, as well as your smart device use to avoid Tech Neck will go a long way to helping fix your bad posture.
Loosen tight muscles. Stretch and stretch often. All too many people sit all day at work, then they go home and sit all evening, only to do that all over again day in and day out. Their bodies adapt to that lifestyle, and muscles shorten as do their ligaments and tendons. You need to stretch. It could be as simple as purchasing a foam roller and using your body weight to roll up and down your back.
Take up yoga. Many professional and colligate athletes are taking up Yoga and for a good reason. Yoga stretches the entire body with a concentration on the spine. One of Yoga’s mantras is, “The more flexible your spine is the younger you are.”
Get back on your feet. Sure, a cramped or pulled muscle needs time to recover. But it is possible to rest too much. Being completely inactive seems to make sense but is precisely the opposite of what you should do, MOVE! Movement will shorten the episode. That doesn’t mean till the garden or vacuum the entire house. All that is needed is walking. So although it seems intuitive to find a comfortable position and stay there, don’t. Get up and move and you will get back to an active lifestyle sooner. If you’re still in pain after two days, see a doctor.
Chiropractic can help
Chiropractic doctors have more people come to them with lower back pain than any other complaint. Although you might think of a chiropractor as a back pain specialist, because we have helped millions of people with this issue, that is only a positive outcome of what we do. Back pain, that is repetitive or lasts more than two days, is your body’s signal that something is not right. Very often that “something” is a misalignment or stuck vertebra in the spine that is altering nerve flow. This is typically referred to as a Vertebral Subluxation. Vertebral Subluxations occur anywhere in the spine: the neck, mid-back, as well as the lower back. Chiropractors are the only healthcare professionals who are trained to detect and correct this condition.